It seems Android has yet to shrug off criticisms by software security companies in the industry. McAfee recently released their latest quarterly threat report and Android was highlighted yet again as the mobile platform that cybercriminals love to work on.
This is similar to a report that McAfee released back in November 2011, and the conclusions then are largely similar to this most recent set of findings. Android’s popularity with mobile users is naturally what makes it such a good platform for cybercriminals to work in. Many were critical of the report as ‘scaremongering’, attempting to frighten users into buying mobile security software, or stating the obvious that one of the most used mobile platforms will have security problems. However many others (industry experts and users alike) are taking the claims very seriously.
The report claims that there were around 1.5million more incidents of malware in the second quarter of the year than there was in the first. Thousands of malicious URLs and domains are being created everyday, say McAfee, and they have been adversely affecting consumers and businesses.
One group who will be particularly concerned are the businesses who use the Android platforms on their mobile phones; potentially sensitive information and business infrastructures could be open to all sorts of malicious intent.
McAfee highlighted one such attack in their report, in which cybercriminals send Trojans through SMS which then collect personal information. Dangers such as this mean that users will not only have to stay alert on their home computers and laptops, but on their phones as well.
Guest Article by Sophie Camp